Today’s news was certainly the 18 month jail time accorded convicted molester and ex priest Don Grecco.
Reality Checker drew attention to the Grecco charges 27 September 2008. That was just over two years ago. Over two long years that the victims have waited for this day.
Think about it. It’s taken longer to see this through to trial and sentencing than Grecco will spend behind bars.
Note that Justice Hawke decided that the fact that Grecco pleaded guilty was a mitigating factor.
When did he enter his guilty plea?
25 March 2010.
Eighteen months AFTER he was charged Grecco decided to enter a guilty plea.
Is there honour in that? Was it honourable for Grecco to make his victims look and perhaps feel like liars for 18 months? I think not.
On a slightly different note, I receive a lot of intersting mail. Today was no exception. Today in fact I received an email from a rather irate and disgruntled observer. I will pass it on FYI:
Please note in your comments that Grecco did NOT get a sentence of 18 months today: his sentence is 3 years and 8 months, 18 months of which will be spent in jail (there will be no release) followed by a continuing sentence of 2 years — spent “on probation”, and his upkeep paid for by his own nickle.
Probation is variable, but it means that at the end of the first part of his sentence — the custodial part — he will be released to make his own way on the second part of his sentence, subject to a heavy list of “thou shalt nots” [e.g. travel, drink, be in public spaces, use a cellphone, talk to x or y, …] and a heavy list of “thou shalts” [e.g.report to a Parole Officer twice a day, subject yourself to strip searches at any time, curfews, piss tests, fixed line telephone surveillance…] .
The breach of any single one of the list of probation conditions during the two years of careful watchfulness by the police, means he will, immediately on breach, be returned to jail, most likely to remain there to the end of the 3 year 8 month sentence.
It is grossly misleading and inflammatory to say he got a sentence of 18 months. He did not.
And it is improper in a public forum to try to provide misinformation to incite such responses as we are reading on your site by suggesting that he “only” got 18 months. Wrong.
Can anyone tell me if Grecco is actually supposed to report to a parole officer twice a day?
Enough for now,